Scott Bogart, Brad Wyman, Martin J.
Barab, Darris Hatch
Janssen, Jon Favreau, Cheri Oteri
meets girl, or girl meets boy, emotions
run high, sexual energy explodes and monotony
and cliché abound--at least this
is what can be gathered from the new attempt
at romantic comedy from Valerie Breiman.
story surrounds the plight of Kate (Janssen),
a struggling writer trying to save her
fledgling career at a beauty magazine
by putting together a story on relationships.
She looks back on her past relationships/conquests
as a source of reference, and recounts
her trials and tribulations on the road
to the ultimate goal of a normally functioning
relationship. Her only travelling companion
on this journey into the past is cynicism.
She recounts the true love of her life,
a painter named Adam (Favreau), who broke
up with her after the spark of excitement
in their long-term relationship fizzled
is never really clear why Adam and Kate
break up, because for a couple on the
verge of having a child together, being
bored just doesnít seem like a good enough
reason. Therefore, you spend the rest
of the movie fidgeting in your seat, wondering
why they donít just get back together.
The gods of logic are pointing toward
it, and so is the fact that the movie
has already run its course after 25 minutes.
The plot of the movie is bland to say
the least. Even the added spice of a David
Schwimmer cameo doesnít help as it hurtles
its way to the top of the "Boy, the
curtain decorations in this cinema are
more interesting than this movie!"
category. The relationship between Kate
and Adam is nicely developed, although
it seems a little too perky in its cutesy-sarcastic
nature. One of the biggest criticisms
of the movie, however, is the way in which
it shifts in time without any regard for
the viewer. Itís unclear whether events
are occurring during, before or after
Kate has written the piece. The space/time
continuum goes haywire during this film,
and itís almost headache-inducing trying
to figure out the order of events.
is really very little to say about LOVE
& SEX. It explores neither love nor
sex to any acceptable depth, and really
has nothing to offer apart from a few
brief "oh that was sweet" periods,
and a few sex jokes. Mediocrity reigns
supreme in this movie which seems more
suited to being a collection of cute movie
moments entitled "You Had Me At Hello"
than a feature-length film.
- Take a pal and pay full price for both
- Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
- Wait for
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